Mackin says Shire survival is his priority

24/05/11. John Devlin. FALKIRK. Firs Street. General views of Firs Park. Former home of East Stirlingshire.

24/05/11. John Devlin. FALKIRK. Firs Street. General views of Firs Park. Former home of East Stirlingshire.

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EAST Stirlingshire director Alan Mackin this week defended his position over the sale of Firs Park.

Members of the club agreed to sell the club’s home to Mr Mackin for £50,000 at a meeting last week. A subsequent payment of £50,000 will be made on any re-sale of the land by the former Falkirk defender.

The money is vital to the future of the club with impending bills needing paid.

But Mr Mackin is also one of the ‘B’ shareholders in the club who will net a cash windfall from the sale of the park - currently being proposed for around 70 houses and aired in a public display earlier this month.

He says it is in the interests of the club to sell now and that he is putting his neck on the line for the sake of the club. “My first priority is the survival of East Stirlingshire F.C,” he told Heraldsport.

“However, money is owed to HMRC and must be paid very soon. I’m taking a massive risk with my own money but want the club to receive money to enable its’ survival.”

He also argues the designation of the land as for leisure and retail use by Falkirk Council shows the land will be developed and not left as open space, and that a housing development - smaller than previously proposed - can help the club, and its’ shareholders, benefit from injections of cash.

Team boss John Coughlin has been left with no money to work with, butremains convinced the first week of the season has shown his side is capable of defeating the doom mongers.

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